British gay diplomat proved it was wrong to fire him

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Richard Porter, who was posted to Sao Paolo to work as a diplomat for the Department of Trade, was fired after just 19 weeks when he requested leave to look after his son whom he adopted recently. The trial, which is believed to be the first of its kind, saw the diplomat awarded £50,000 after being dismissed from his job due to adoption leave. According to the Employment Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), employees who request or take adoption leave are protected against being unfairly sacked. They have a right to return to the same job after 26 weeks adoption leave and after 52 weeks a suitable alternative job must be found. Porter, who has now taken a new role as the Department as Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Thailand, hopes that the case will ensure “the same mistakes are not made again” and parents will be able to enjoy having a new family member without discrimination and any other negative emotions.

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